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GM: Chad Qualls likely to stay put in Houston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that the team will likely not trade closer Chad Qualls before the July 31 trade deadline, MLB.com reports. Qualls has converted 11 saves in 13 chances with a 1.78 ERA over 35 1/3 innings this season.

"I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said. "To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."

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Royals announce DH plans for coming days
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Billy Butler will lose some time as a designated hitter moving forward, the Kansas City Star reports Thursday. Yost is expected to give Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez some reps at DH in the near future.

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Asdrubal Cabrera targeting weekend return vs. Royals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera increased his activities on Thursday, as he continues to work his way back from a back injury. Manager Terry Francona remains hopeful of a return this weekend against the Royals, particularly on Saturday.

Cabrera is hitting .247/.308/.392 over 365 at-bats.

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Manny Machado sits out third straight game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was held out of the starting lineup Thursday night against the Mariners, as he continues to work his way back from a back issue. Machado has now missed three straight games with the injury. He is hitting .267 with 10 homers and 23 RBI in 258 at-bats.

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Logan Morrison, Corey Hart to platoon at first base moving forward
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

With the addition of Kendrys Morales on Thursday, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon revealed his first base plans moving forward, MLB.com reports. The team will use Morales as a designated hitter, with Logan Morrison and Corey Hart platooning at first base.

Morrison has started 31 games this season at first base, compared to only one start for Hart, who was sidelined for most of the season with a hamstring injury.

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Dayan Viciedo back in action Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo returned to the starting lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Twins in Minnesota. Viciedo was scratched Wednesday due to tightness in his left hamstring. He is hitting .236 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 360 at-bats.

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J.D. Martinez returns to lineup Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez returned to the starting lineup Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats.

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Nationals seeking help at second and in the bullpen
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Nationals are seeking a second baseman or left-handed reliever, according to FoxSports.com.

The team seems more likely to deal for an infielder, as they'll only accept clear upgrades in the bullpen. It's not known who the Nationals will target. The club is currently ahead of the Braves by one game in the NL East. 

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Phillies attempting to deal Ryan Howard
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Phillies are attempting to deal first baseman Ryan Howard, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Trading Howard may be difficult. The 34-year-old is hitting just .224/.305/.377 over 371 at-bats, and is owed nearly $70 million on his current deal. The Phillies would likely have to eat a significant amount of money if Howard is dealt. 

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Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Yankees have acquired veteran left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations, the Journal News reports Thursday. The 35-year-old signed with the Rockies on July 4 and posted a 2.79 ERA in 19 1/3 innings of work between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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